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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Child Development and Mental Health in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00136 - Family and Consumer Studies

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2024


The Department of Family & Consumer Studies ( FCS ) at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin July 2024. We seek a faculty member whose focus is on child development and mental health. For example, candidate’s research might address the impact of adverse childhood events, trauma, chronic illness, or natural disasters on children’s development or well-being in low-resource communities; or how early intervention approaches counter toxic stress. We are especially interested in researchers whose scholarship informs practice and policy. The ideal candidate for this position is an applied scholar, with a focus on developmental intervention and community engagement, whose scholarship illuminates work with children and families. We are particularly interested in candidates who conduct research and engage students with local, state, or federal agencies and organizations (e.g., the Health Department’s Babywatch early intervention program, Zero to Three, home visiting). Additionally, we are interested in scholars whose research addresses developmental processes among historically disadvantaged and underrepresented infants or children (e.g., immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities, those in the child welfare system). An ideal candidate’s research will have implications for supporting optimal development and reducing disparities of children from minoritized and underrepresented identity groups. Promising candidates will be able to draw on different disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches to inform their work.

Candidates should have an excellent publication and teaching record, commensurate with experience, and show potential for extramural funding. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the social sciences by the time of appointment. Successful candidates will be committed to working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and to enhancing undergraduate and graduate education.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE : Candidates must submita cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, two writing samples or publications, and a statement on the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a list of references including contact information.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Information about the Department of Family & Consumer Studies can be found at

Information on how the University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Science promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion can be found at Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Faculty Search Committee Co-Chairs, Marissa Diener, or Daniel Carlson,

RELATED INFORMATION : Family & Consumer Studies is an interdisciplinary department dedicated to understanding and enhancing the well-being of individuals and the families and communities in which they live. We examine how the social, economic, political, and physical environments affect families, individuals, and consumers. The faculty includes scholars from sociology, demography, economics, psychology, family studies, human development, and early childhood education. FCS faculty are involved with the Consortium in Families and Health Research ( ), which brings together faculty from 11 departments across 5 colleges, the School of Medicine, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the University Neighborhood Partners, and the Utah Population Database.

The University of Utah is a Carnegie RU/VH Research University and Utah’s flagship university. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities and the PAC -12. The University is located in beautiful Salt Lake City, which offers an outstanding quality of life in a major metropolitan area of 1.5 million residents, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Utah’s great outdoors are close by, offering activities from world class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking in the spectacular surrounding canyons. The city is vibrant and cosmopolitan with music, the arts, sports, and nightlife. The area has received international recognition for its light rail system, downtown, library system, and increasing diversity. Salt Lake City is home to sizable Latinx and immigrant populations. More than a third of Utah’s ethnic/racial minorities are children or youth under the age of 18 years, and the Salt Lake City School District is now a majority minority district, with one in five Salt Lake County residents speaking a language besides English at home.The InternationalRescue Committee, ( headquartered in Salt Lake, is one of eight national resettlement committees committed to helping people with refugee status thrive in the United States. Per capita, Salt Lake City has the 11th largest LGBTQ population in the US and, among large US cities, has the highest percentage of same-sex couples (26 percent) raising children.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365. (V/ TDD ), email:

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 07/31/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01063CF

Type Faculty